This year at the 2017 Cape Epic, Knight sponsored, OMX Pro Team is fielding two teams: Martin Gluth and Julian Schelb to form Silverback OMX, and National Champions, Annie Last and Mariske Strauss, as Hansgrohe-Cadence Nutrition OMX.
Cape Epic 2017 covers 691 km and 15400 m of vertical, across South Africa’s Western Cape region, starting in Meerendal on 19th March and finishing in Val di Vie on 26th March. As usual, it is the ultimate battle of physical and mental endurance.
Last and Strauss got OMX racing underway with a storming Prologue ride. They set the fastest women’s pairs time on course at each of the three check points along the twenty-six kilometer course. On a blisteringly hot Cape Town day, Annie and Mariske rode a strong race, testing their compatibility with good communication and testing their legs with an aggressive final few kilometers, grabbing a 3rd place podium spot at the end of the day.
The Men’s team of Gluth and Schelb rolled down the start ramp and got their Cape Epic underway just as the Ladies finished their race. The pair looked in fine form as they settled into the short but incredibly intense Prologue course. Unfortunately things took a bad turn. The midday heat took its toll on Julian, with his body temperature reaching the outside temperature he passed out on the bike and crashed. Julian was immediately seen by medics who got him off the course on into the on-site medical clinic, from where he was transferred to the hospital. Thankfully his temperature was brought under control quickly and we are delighted to say that he is doing okay.
Unfortunately, Julian is out for the remainder of Cape Epic, but Martin will ride on, as an “Outcast”.